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Water Balance. Achieving Sustainable Development through a Water Assessment and Management Plan. The Case of Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
  • Water Balance. Achieving Sustainable Development through a Water Assessment and Management Plan. The Case of Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). September 2014
  • This report provides the guidance, methods, data, and analyses needed to assess water availability and needs in micro watersheds. It shows how to prepare short-, medium-, and long-term water investment and management plans on the basis of volume of surface and groundwater within a watershed and the needs of agriculture, people, and livestock. It also offers a practical approach based on real-life assessments that have helped planners decide on investments to develop and manage water. While emphasizing the need for assessing precise water availability and its ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Dams, Groundwater, Information and data, Investments, Livelihoods, Livestock, Monitoring, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water balance, Water demand, Water management, Water planning, Watersheds

Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: A Handbook
  • Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: A Handbook
  • UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. September 2014
  • This handbook aims to clarify the meaning of the human rights to water and sanitation; explain the obligations that arise from these rights; provide guidance on implementing the human rights to water and sanitation; share some examples of good practice and show how these rights are being implemented; explore how States can be held to account for delivering on their obligations; provide its users with checklists, so they can assess how far they are complying with the human rights to water and sanitation. The target audiences for this Handbook are governments a...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Equity, Financing, Human rights, Hygiene, Monitoring, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water planning, Water quality, Water supply

Leading MDG Action. Accelerating Action: Global Leaders on Challenges and Opportunities for MDG Achievement
  • Leading MDG Action. Accelerating Action: Global Leaders on Challenges and Opportunities for MDG Achievement
  • United Nations (UN). September 2014
  • This report presents progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with concrete examples from around the world. As a cross-cutting theme, water and sanitation issues are highlighted in different sections of the report.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Children, Disease, Drinking water, Education, Environment, Equity, Financing, Gender, Health, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Vulnerable groups, Water supply

The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action
  • The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • This publication provides a synthesis of the importance of tropical mangroves to people. It provides a range of policy and management interventions that can be used to better protect, sustainably use and restore mangroves to ensure they continue to support the people who have depended on them for generations. The document is divided into five thematic chapters, with several case studies that present local studies which support the chapter messages. Each chapter is led by key chapter messages and closes by recommending further (online) resources for policy mak...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), River Basin Management, Sustainable development, Water quality

Green infrastructure. Guide for water management. Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects
  • Green infrastructure. Guide for water management. Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • The Green Infrastructure approach refers to the natural or semi-natural systems that provide services for water resources management with equivalent or similar benefits to conventional (built) "grey" water infrastructure. This guide addresses one of the main barriers to widespread adoption of Green Infrastructure (GI) solutions: a general lack of awareness of the solutions and associated cost benefits. The case studies in this guide provide examples of GI options that address water management challenges, while delivering a number of significant co-benefits. T...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Environment, Floods, Forests, Infrastructure, Investments, Rainwater harvesting, Risk management, River Basin Management, Urban areas, Water management, Water quality, Water supply, Wetlands

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